Comic Review: Captain Canuck, Issue #1

Published: 1975
Written by: Richard Comely
Art by: Richard Comely

Comely Comics, 19 Pages


For years, I have heard of the legendary Canadian superhero, Captain Canuck. Well, I finally got my hands on some issues and I wanted to give them a read, especially his debut.

I’ll be honest, this is a very crude comic, visually. That’s not a bad thing and the story is still energetic and engaging in the best way possible.

However, there are actual photographs worked into the comic book art for some of the backgrounds and scenes where sled dogs are in action. It gives the overall presentation of the comic a really bizarre look. It also just makes the reader think that the artist can’t draw dogs and good backdrops or that he’s lazy.

Maybe it was a style choice and the artist has no problem with these things but then it was a terrible style choice and it sticks out like a sore thumb that’s yelling directly at the reader.

But I don’t want to shit on this comic because I still liked it despite those flaws and if anything, those flaws are kind of endearing and make the comic memorable because of them. I’m actually interested in reading the other issues after this one to see if it was a constant trope with the Captain Canuck series or if the artist got better and more confident as he gained more experience with the craft.

Captain Canuck isn’t quite the Canadian answer to Captain America but it’s a cool comic book and it has gone on to spawn more work with this character in it. In 2019, there’s still Captain Canuck comics. He’s a character that resonates with his countrymen and he’s stood the test of time, at least at the indie level.

Rating: 6.25/10
Pairs well with: the original ongoing Captain Canuck series.

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